Fridge: Sky High

Fridge Horror

  • The school is responsible for training all of the superheroes the universe of Sky High will have right? That's cool. Then all of a sudden you realise that due to the rather prejudiced social system, as well as certain of their activities, such as "Save The Citizen", they are also responsible for training and inadvertently creating all of their worlds supervillains.
    • While it cannot be proven they are responsible for all supervillains (or, for that matter, all superheroes), the movie does back up this to a certain degree. After all, of all the villains of the movie (even the ones just mentioned), Stitches is the only one not shown to be or have been studying at Sky High.
    • It's more just that anyone with powers goes there when they're a kid. Whether they turn into a supervillain or superhero is up to the student. This would be like saying that real life high schools are "responsible" for "creating" a serial killer who just happened to graduate from school.
      • It is very true that people make their own choices. However it is not at all the same thing as the "serial killer" analogy. No high school has simulations that teach people how to effectively become criminals or killers... Sky High however does run simulations that would unwittingly teach students how to be a supervillain ("Save The Citizen" actually lets a team choose to be "villains" and Warren was put into a position during their match, that could have easily killed him were it an actual life-and-death fight... and almost did even when it wasn't one) if they wished to become one in future.
      • The analogy still holds. Do you blame a gym class's game of softball on the rise of a thief? But the students can choose to steal bases! It is not the school that makes the bully, and the school can only do so much to stop the bully from being such. And, even more-so, a good guy can choose to play the villain because it doesn't show how the civilian gets captured, it's a challenge for the heroes. In a sequel, maybe Will and Warren act as the "villain" to show that they are indeed better than Lash and Speed.
    • The point of being the villains in "Save The Citizen" isn't "We're going to teach you how to be a villain" but "We need you to help us with training our heroes." Save The Citizen is like super-sparring.
  • Also - Warren's mom is a superhero. His father is an archvillain. Dating Catwoman, or... His father IS said to be one of the worst supervillains out there.
    • If Warren's father raped his mother, he probably would be less upset about him being in prison. Definitely Dating Catwoman.
      • Well, it's actually not explicitly stated that he's upset about his father being in prison. The most we hear is "no one talks about my father". That could mean that he doesn't like his father being brought up at all, regardless of whether or not his being incarcerated is the context in which the subject is brought up.
      • Eh. Everyone else talks about it way to casually for rape to be the case. You'd think that the adults at least would treat the subject with a little more delicacy. From the way they talk about it, they make it sound less like it was hero being raped by horrible villain and more like mundane divorced parents.
      • That assumes they know about it. Most rapes and sexual assaults allegedly go unreported to the cops.
      • Most rapes and sexual assaults don't happen between two high-profile, publicly-known super-people either. It's clearly common knowledge who Warren's father is. If he's really that bad of a villain, and was willing and able to rape a superhero, why wouldn't he say something about it?
    • It's possible that his parents had married in their civilian identities and only learned about the other's heroic/villainous alter egos after he was conceived/born!
    • A number of fanfics have gone with the idea that Warren's father was a hero but did a Face-Heel Turn at some point.
  • If the textbook the kids read from at Will's house specifically references not just zombies but a specific way to kill them, then it means ''their world actually has zombies.

Fridge Brilliance:

  • Every time Gwen Grayson is onscreen, the soundtrack plays a remake of a song from the 1980's... which is basically what happened to her body!
  • At first glance, Layla's usage of her powers to grow a flower in the film's beginning seems hypocritical—when tested at Sky High, she refuses to display her powers for petty reasons like that. But when one thinks closer, this seeming contradiction is actually perfectly in line with Layla's compassionate personality—making people happy, as she did with Will's mom in the flower scene, is important to her. The power test was, from her perspective, useless because it did not make anyone happy, or fight against evil, or protect her friends. It may not have been intentional, but props to the writers!
  • Why back in the 70s or 80s being a Technopath was considered only sidekick material—technology was nowhere near as advanced back then! Some technopaths might not even known they had powers if they lived far away from cities. Meanwhile, modern day, it could be a Game Breaker.
  • "Save The Citizen" is in fact an awful thing for a supervillain to do. It lumbers right into Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?. It's a supervillain cliche that leads to ample opportunities for the hero to "Save the Citizen". That's why Sky High makes all the supervillains—they make up the things that make them recognisable supervillains. The stupid costumes with ineffective capes, the overelaborate execution schemes, the constant desire to prove yourself against the hero... it all stems from high school sports. The bad people who didn't go to Sky High probably just made money from their powers or committed crimes stealthily with as few people knowing about it. Sky High produces people who want to get back at the people they didn't like from high school.
    • To elaborate, and more clearly tie in with the related Fridge Horror point above, Sky High's apparent training of villains alongside heroes actually makes villains who follow their training much, much easier to catch, mostly by incorporating a degree of Genre Blindness into the kids who would go on to be villains. The "Villains" in this scenario are trying to prevent the "Heroes" from rescuing a dummy, representing a citizen, from a generic Death Trap. Compare this to, say, successful criminals, who generally don't pull that kind of stunt and get away without being badgered by superheroes. This strongly implies that, while aware that they're training Heroes AND Villains at Sky High, they're deliberately setting up anybody who'd choose to be a Villain to fail. Looks like the staff's competent after all!
  • Ron Wilson, Bus Driver being 'highly qualified' seems to just be a running gag but when you think about it, you'd have to be pretty highly qualified to drive A FLYING FUCKING BUS.
  • Warren Peace if said correctly sounds like War and Peace—a good way of foreshadowing his conflicted nature and that he's not entirely evil.
  • Warren can take a lot of damage without being harmed. His father, Baron Battle, is mentioned as having multiple lives. Being hard to kill must run in the family.
    • Baron Battle is mentioned as having multiple life 'sentences'.
    • Yes, he has no chance at parole until this third life.
  • Look at Gwen Grayson's actions over the course of the film: While friendly enough to Will, she's disdainful of those in the Sidekick role and encourages Will to hang out with her instead of his "loser" friends. Basically, she acts like a typical Alpha Bitch. How would such a person likely be described by those she mistreats? A Royal Pain!
  • Even though Layla's refusal to join the Hero class is a product of her principles, there's another reason as well: As Will's best friend she knew that he didn't have his powers and would be sorted into the Sidekick class and she wanted to be with him.